Beckenham Junction station
|Local authority||London Borough of Bromley|
|Number of platforms||4 plus 2 Tramlink|
|Tramlink annual boardings and alightings|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|1 January 1857||Opened as a terminus|
|3 May 1858||Became a through-station|
|23 May 2000||Tramlink opened|
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Beckenham Junction is the main railway and tram station in Beckenham in the London Borough of Bromley, south London. The railway stop is on the Chatham Main Line, 8 miles 53 chains (13.9 km) down the line from London Victoria and situated between Kent House and Shortlands. The tram stop is one of the eastern termini of Tramlink.
The station has a car park with 88 spaces, and is usually staffed during operating hours. The station also has a small convenience store, coffee kiosk and toilets, which are only available during staffing hours.
Beckenham Junction has a total of 4 platforms (+ 2 for tramlink)
Platforms 2 & 3
Platform 2 is used for Southeastern services to London Victoria via Herne Hill & Brixton. Platform 3 is for Southeastern services to Orpington via Bromley South. Fast trains to and from London Victoria (Chatham side) also pass these platforms.
This platform is another terminating bay linked with the spur to the Mid-Kent Line, and is occasionally used during engineering or other disruption.
There are 2 Croydon Tramlink platforms outside the stations. They are both used for trams to and from Wimbledon via East Croydon, which terminate here.
The typical off-peak service in trains per hour is:
- 2 tph to London Victoria via Herne Hill
- 1 tph to London Bridge via Crystal Palace
- 2 tph to Orpington
During the peak hours, the station is served by an additional half-hourly service between London Victoria and Bromley South and the service to London Bridge is increased to 2 tph. The service to London Bridge is also increased to 2 tph on Saturdays.
On Sundays, the Southern service to London Bridge does not run.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Preceding tram stop||Tramlink||Following tram stop|
Wimbledon to Beckenham Junction
London Buses route 162 serves the station.
The station was opened by the Mid-Kent Railway (MKR) on 1 January 1857 as the terminus of the line from Lewisham; it became a junction on 3 May 1858 when the West End of London and Crystal Palace Railway Farnborough Extension line from Crystal Palace to Shortlands was opened. On 1 July 1863 the London Chatham & Dover Railway Metropolitan Extension from Beckenham to Victoria/Blackfriars completed the lines serving the station. In 1863 the MKR was taken over by the South Eastern Railway (SER) and thereafter the station was operated jointly by the LCDR and SER. Despite a partial rebuilding in 1890 the original MKR building is still in use as the main station offices and booking hall.
From December 2007, a significant upgrade to train services at Beckenham Junction took place, with an increase in frequency of the London Victoria to Orpington services (off peak) to every 15 mins. Until Section 2 of High Speed 1 opened in 2007 Eurostar services passed the station, but did not stop. In December 2010 Southern increased the number of evening services on Monday-Saturdays so that trains would run to London Bridge Station later into the evening.
The two platform Tramlink stop opened in 2000, with the rest of the route to the Croydon loop. The stop is outside the station, across the car park, beside the A2015 road, which avoids Beckenham town centre.
Accidents and incidents
- On 22 January 1990, 4EPB electric multiple unit 5408 collided with the buffer stop on arrival from London Bridge and was derailed.
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- "Tramlink numbers 2010-2011" (PDF). Tramlink annual passenger performance 2010-2011. Transport for London. 28 March 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
- "Estimates of station usage". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
- "National Rail Enquiries - Station facilities for Beckenham Junction".
- "Beckenham Junction". South Eastern Railway.
- Table 173, 195 National Rail timetable, May 2022
- Morning Post 5 January 1857
- South Eastern Gazette 11 May 1857, p. 4
- "Railways of Beckenham", Andrew Hajducki, 2011[page needed]
- Buses and Trams from Beckenham
- McCrickard, John P (6 October 2016). "January 1990 to December 1990". Network South East Railway Society. Archived from the original on 26 June 2018. Retrieved 26 June 2018.